“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
I remember memorizing this Bible verse as a young child in Vacation Bible School. It still runs through my thoughts and I can recite it without hesitation. Maybe you can relate to this as well. Recently, this verse came to mind and started me thinking, “Am I really living this Proverb or do I just say it and move on with my life?”
These verses are simple to understand, but difficult to apply. We are called to TRUST the Lord with our life. In other words, we need to place our confidence in Christ and not our own abilities and wisdom. We are called to seek His will in all that we do, and then God will lead us in the direction we should go.
As a Type A “devise the plan and work the plan” person, I am most often off to the races working my plan without even pausing to seek what God wants me to be doing. I’m trusting my own intellect, learning and the infamous “gut feeling.” The 24/7/365 life in media can easily fuel this frantic pace of getting things done and frequently squeezes out time for quiet solitude with Jesus. Sound familiar?
I had the privilege of attending the CMB Gold Member retreat in Washington D.C. this past November. During one of the meal times we heard from Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of International Justice Mission. He shared how each of his staff spends 30 minutes at the start of the workday in silent reflection. They communicate with God, release their fears and worries to Him, and seek his direction for their life and mission. My first reaction was, really?? There is too much to do, and I can’t possibly take 30 minutes at the start of my day for this. But God got my attention through this message, and I came back home and tried it. It was difficult to get the mind to slow down and focus, but God brought a sense of peace to my soul.
Now, in full disclosure, I haven’t followed through with this on a regular basis. The busyness of life, and my own pride and self-centeredness, continues to get in the way of a consistent time of quiet reflection with the Lord. If we were to develop this discipline of quiet reading, reflection, and prayer on a regular basis, just think about all the amazing things God would accomplish through us in our ministries.
This isn’t an easy road in our humanity, and we can only do this with God’s help. Challenge yourself to daily times of quiet reflection on God’s word and see how God grows your faith and trust.
“Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless.” Psalm 112:6-8 NLT